Kalpavalli: the eternal source of abundance

History and Beginnings The Timbaktu Collective believes that the sustainable livelihood of the marginalised is intrinsically connected to restoration and management of commons. The first initiative of the Collective was an experiment in restoration of a piece of barren land, which was called...

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

We began work in Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park in 2006 to try and restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky wasteland next to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. It had suffered years of neglect and was overrun by invasive Prosopis juliflora whose seeds had been broadcast from the air in the 1930s....

Tropical forest restoration in Eastern Himalaya

We have been conducting extensive research on various aspects of hornbill ecology for over two decades in Arunachal Pradesh. The broader vision of this work is to see hornbill conservation and protection of their habitats, integrated into local community institutions, with our technical and...

Anamalai Rainforest Restoration

Our efforts to ecologically restore rainforests in the Western Ghats sprung from a motivation to conserve the diversity of native plants and animals in this biodiversity hotspot. Much rainforest in the region remains as fragments or patches embedded in plantations of tea, coffee, eucalyptus,...

Alliance for Reversing Ecosystem Service Threats

As a first milestone for the Alliance, we crafted a scientific evidence-based roadmap with the most credible data for the Government of India to achieve its sequestration target. This includes nearly 10 million hectares (10MHa) of degraded cropland and 1MHa each of degraded riparian habitats...

Mine restoration in Pandalgudi

The afforestation of the exhausted limestone mines in Pandalgudi began in earnest in Dec 2018, after an initial site visit in August of the same year. Previous to this, over the previous 2 years, various pilot projects had been undertaken to assess the use of native species for this kind of...

Changlangshu Community Project

Youth for Forest - led by Green Hub team and Green Hub fellows, aims to increase the fragments across the region for restoration through community participation and collaborative action. Currently there are two sites under this project and we hope to increase them over the years. The effort...

Native Plant Garden at Dhodhakari

The landowner and custodian Dr CS Agarwal started this project with the intention of ‘creating a forest’ as a form of ‘service to nature’. In the first 6-7 years he planted many exotic species, including an amla plantation. Most of these exotics struggled to survive in this soil and perished....

Auroville

The restoration of the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, within the township of Auroville has been an evolving process spread over the last 50 years carried out by numerous individuals who have been involved in the work. When the project started in 1968, the areas was a barren, eroded plateau....

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Saneesh Soman

I am a doctoral researcher at iDiv/UFZ. My current doctoral research focuses on understanding the separate and interactive effects of fire and dominant native grasses on herbaceous and woody plant communities in tropical savannas....

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